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Rock Star [DVD] [2001]

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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Jason Bonham, Jeff Pilson
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: John Stockwell
  • Producers: George Clooney, Michael Fottrell, Mike Ockrent, Robert Lawrence, Steven Reuther
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb. 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067A8B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,591 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Feature-length Audio Commentary by Director Stephen Herek
Making-of Featurette
Backstage Pass
Everclear Rock Star Music Video
Trailer

Widescreen 2.35:1 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Spanish, Italian
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian
Hearing Impaired: English, Italian

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If you've ever indulged a rock & roll fantasy, Rock Star will give you the vicarious thrill of seeing it come to life. That's what happens when talented tribute-band singer Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) is tapped to replace his idol as frontman for 1980s metal gods Steel Dragon. Chris becomes the groupie-laden "Izzy", his manager/girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) grows weary of sex 'n' drugs on tour, and Rock Star plays out its utterly conventional plot line. Despite the casting of real rockers to support Wahlberg's underrated performance (nicely matched by Aniston and Timothy Spall as Steel Dragon's road manager), his character is too rigidly written to follow an obligatory rise and fall, and even its basis in fact (inspired by Tim "Ripper" Owens' recruitment into Judas Priest) can't conceal the movie's predictable formula. As a cautionary tale it's routine, but as a leather-pants love story, Rock Star's got enough good karma to keep its dream alive (!). --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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I was very keen to see this film when it was on at the local cinema, and was not disappointed. In fact I liked it so much I could not wait for the Region 2 DVD release, and ordered the Region 1 version immediately, and also the soundtrack album. I have enjoyed watching it several times, you notice something new each time, The atmosphere at the concerts is tremendous, and the acting is too. Mark Wahlberg plays a thoroughly nice guy who is suddenly granted his greatest wish, to front his favourite band Steel Dragon. Jennifer Aniston gives a terrific performance as his very supportive girlfriend and manager. This is a film that has been reviewed in all the DVD magazines,and I think they have criticised it most unfairly. It is a brilliantly produced film , with good acting, great music and it makes you feel good too. Don't take any notice of the DVD magazines, give it a try, it's really worth watching , many times !!!
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By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2002
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First of all let me start off by saying that although Rock star didn't do very well at the box office, I thought it was a lot of fun and it made for an enjoyable hour and three quarters viewing. Loosely based on the life of Tim 'Ripper' Owens, the office supplies salesman who replaced Rob Halford in Judas Priest, Rock Star combines satire, morality, romance and a good old fashioned rags to riches storyline.
So what's the plot? Salesman and ordinary working stiff Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) and wannabe rock star has been obsessed for years in his devotion to British heavy metal band Steel Dragon. As part of a tribute band, he is derided by his older brother who feels he should get a real job and his devotion to mimicry is so much that even his fellow tribute band members are sick of him, and they eventually dump him. Comforted by his patient and devoted girlfriend (Jennifer Anniston) Chris swears that he will prove them all wrong but he even he is shocked when he is invited to audition as the replacement singer in the band he adores. Of course he wins the gig and so begins a journey through the world of a rock idol, full of drugs, groupies, drink and general excessive behaviour.
I'm not quite sure why this movie wasn't that successful. Sure it's not the greatest movie you will ever see and it offers no original insight but there's also very little to dislike about it. Critics may complain that it's neither full on satire such as 'This Is Spinal Tap' or that it is full of clichés but this is a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and does not try to portray reality.
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Obligatory for all Mark Wahlberg fans!By day Chris Cole(Wahlberg) repairs photocopiers. By night he takes the stage as frontman for a tribute band emulating Steel Dragon, the world's hottest heavy-metal band. Then, suddenly, opportunity rocks: Chris is tapped to become Steel Dragon's new lead singer. Just like that, he goes from small-town nobody to megastar. Just like that, he and his manager/girlfriend Emily(Jennifer Aniston) enter a world crazier than eigther imagined. Stephen Herek directs this knowing, chord-crunching, hair-whipping look at 80's arena rocks and the price of Fame. Filled with the style, strut and feel of an era, Rock Star gets right. Long may it shine.Simple funny story. Mark Wahlberg brilliantly play role Chris Cole in this movie.Wahlberg played and sing!Listen soundtrack with fictious band Steel Dragon (Wahlberg sing)or Chris Cole Band(lead singer Wahlberg) and much more band : Bon Jovi, Kiss and much more!
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I bought this film on VHS when it first came out as no cinema near me had showed it. The film was originally going to be called 'Metal god' and was about the true story of Tim Owens but the film makers decided it was aimed at too narrow a market and came up with this story instead. It has a good storyline and basically tells us you should be yourself and not try to live your life emulating someone else. Apart from the Rainbow song 'Long live rock 'n' roll' all the songs sung by the ficticous Steel Dragon and their Tribute band are originals. To be honest although i like these songs they are a bit soft rock and commercial for the type of band Steel Dragon are meant to be. There are also rock songs on the sound track which were big hits in or around the era the film is set in. There is a scene where there is doubt about the gender of one of the bands backstage team. The Scorpions song ' He's a woman, she's a man' would have been perfect but the makers of the film probably had a limited knowledge of rock music. Even if like Mark Walhberg you don't like rock music i am sure you will like this film if you buy it.
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Not being a massive fan of Mark Wahlberg, I really don't know why I watched this. However, I'm quite glad I did. There are some films that you just don't like for reasons you can't quite put your finger on. This is the opposite. I liked it and I don't really know why.

The plot follows Mark Wahlberg as the lead singer in an eighties tribute band to the (fictional) rock gods, Steel Dragon. However, his life takes an interesting turn when the lead singer of Steel Dragon leaves (or is kicked out!) and his bandmates offer Mark the job as replacement. Now, if that sounds a little hard to believe, check out the movie trivia. Apparently, a similar situation actually happened during the seventies (and before I was born, hence I'm not totally up on it).

From there we see what his life is like `living the dream' of drugs, rock and roll (and `the other' obviously).

The thing is, based on that briefest of plot summaries, you can probably guess the highs and lows (and probably eventual outcome) of the film. And you'd be right. There are no major twists in the tale. Yet, for some reason, I still found it enjoyable to watch. There's a healthy dose of sentiment, but not too much to distract from the big eighties hairdos and thumping guitar chords.

Perhaps fans of rock (as I am) just automatically like it? Perhaps I just got lucky. I found it a kind of semi feel-good movie for adults.

It doesn't reinvent the wheel in terms of story-telling, but the characters have their own charm (and special kudos to Mark's onscreen parents, who, despite being `all grown up and respectable' like to headbang with the best of them down at the gigs and mosh pits!).
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